Can someone i.d this chubby little beetle please.
Dozens of these seen on a board walk close to the beach in Viareggio.
No interactions present.
Thanks stho002 - your i.d. set me off on the right track and having done more investigating I think that this is likely to be Pimelia bipunctata although with 20,000 to choose from I stand to be corrected.
There's an issue here.
YOUR ID panel is not populated in the normal way - NBN, Wiki etc.
Looking at the web (as you do) Darkling brings forth loads of NON-lookalikes - of course it's a huge range.
Yet EOL has Pimelia bipunctata here http://eol.org/pages/3273890/overview.
Wiki has this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pimelia
NBN doesn't recognise the name. WHY?
Searching Google images for Pimelia only gave me results for Pimelea (nice flowers) unless I was very assertive with spelling.
Unless you took good notes or have better pictures you are unlikely to know which one (there's a lesson for us all!).
In the meantime, and for a short while, I have placed an agreement - to see if it alters the ID panel (it didn't and hasn't)Maybe Stephen in New Zealand can help.
Later then - I removed my agreement. Thanks for your response. Good wishes
Thanks for the agreement and comments. As I stated in Confidence: It may be this. It seems to me that I have to have reservations with 20,000 to choose from but if you Google Pimelia bipunctata there are a lot that look just like my o.b. I am afraid that there are no notes or better photos and only a short video of it chomping on some crust!
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